Wehe atu ana a Hineraumati, oho ake ana a Hinetakurua. Tēnā koutou katoa me ngā mihi o te wā.
E te whānau, kia ora rā koutou.
It has been some time since I last wrote, and in many ways it feels like each day is just the same as the one before. However, when I reflect back on the time since my last update I realise that there have been some changes.
Within my pavilion we have had two women go home recently, the first to Canada. We are always happy for those who finally get to go home and in this woman’s case we were even more so. She was 65 and had suffered with many health problems while here. She is also another reminder to remain aware of the various internet scams out there. Her case shared some similarities with mine and resulted in her being in prison for 2 years, 3 months and 3 days. The second woman returned home to Holland. We have had three other women from other pavilions move into ours, so currently there are 10 of us in this pavilion. Each pavilion can hold up to 11 women. There continues to be a steady stream of new women arriving into the International section – the most recent come from Brazil, Venezuela, Russia, South Africa, Holland and Spain.
We have experienced some very dramatic changes in the weather too. I don’t believe this summer has been at all like the last one, which was just constantly hot from September to April. This summer has seen days with highs in the mid 30’s and other days plummeting to 6 degrees. We have seen far more rain than previously, with flooding in some parts of Buenos Aires. The lightning storms have been frequent and the thunder seems so much louder here than at home.
One of the strategies I have practiced in here has been to stick to a routine. I’ve seen many woman sleep most of the day away (usually with the assistance of medication), hoping their time will come quickly. However, I prefer to rise on work days at 6.30am, and weekends at 7.30am. Even on the days I don’t feel like getting up, I remember that I often felt like that on the outside as well, and I just get on with it. Weekends are time for cleaning, washing, cooking, reading and writing. Most nights I head to my room around 8pm to read for a few hours before eventually ticking off another 24 hours in here.
To all my whānau and friends out there, while I may not know when I’m coming home, I do know that your continued aroha and support is what keeps me strong, focussed and positive. So, as always thanks to you all.
Remember, if you have any new information to share about scams or strategies to avoid scams on the internet, please email my sister on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the website.
Just in closing for this month, with all the reading I am doing, I often come across very meaningful quotes. One of these I read recently, seems particularly pertinent right now:
“Strength isn’t a limited resource, its self-renewing – you use it, you get more.”